Monday, June 09, 2008

The Lord Reigns

June 9: Proverbs 19-21

21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
Proverbs 19:21 & 23

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.

22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Proverbs 20:12 & 22

1 The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.

30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
can avail against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Proverbs 21:1 & 30-31

The Lord Reigns

Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, frequently comes back to the truth that the Lord reigns! As he weaves this theme throughout our reading for today, it is important that we realize that we must never let this knowledge stray far from our thoughts.

How does Solomon present the reign of the Lord in the verses shown above?

In both Proverbs 19 & 21, we are reminded that though man makes his plans, he can never thwart the will of God. Even the hearts of kings are like streams of water that God twists and turns as He will. Preparations are made for battles, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

How, then, should we live?

Look at Proverbs 20:22.

Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you

Can you imagine the freedom of really internalizing Christ's reign in our lives? What peace! Our focus does not need to be cemented on our daily frustrations and worries. Is it easy to come to this point in our Christian lives? No! We wrestle with our own sins, daily, and continually try to take all of our worries and troubles (and revenge) on our own backs.

The Lord reigns. What does that really mean to you? Think of the possibilities! Pray that God would fill you with His peace, even as the world (and your own life) tumble and fall all around you.

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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